East Baltimore voters to find old, new faces vying for Council

Redrawn districts alter contests in 2nd, 12th, 13th

Election 2004

October 25, 2004|By Jill Rosen | Jill Rosen,SUN STAFF

When East Baltimore voters go to the polls Nov. 2, the first general election since the reshaping of City Council districts that created 14 single-representative districts, they'll likely notice some familiar names on the ballot - but perhaps vying to represent different neighborhoods.

Territory that largely belonged to the former 1st and 2nd districts, each represented by three council members, has been split into three new districts - the 2nd, 12th and 13th. These new districts will each elect one council representative.

The idea behind the smaller districts was to open a door for political newcomers. And along with some less-known hopefuls, east-side voters are being courted by veteran council veterans.

FOR THE RECORD - A article in yesterday's editions about the Baltimore City Council's 13th District stated that Green Party candidate Glenn Lowell Ross was president of the McElderry Park Community Association. The association's by-laws forced him to step down from the position in May when he decided to seek political office.
The Sun regrets the errors.

In the 2nd District, longtime council member Nicholas C. D'Adamo Jr., a Democrat, faces Republican Will Bauer and Libertarian Lorenzo Gaztanaga. District 2 includes a swath of the city, running from the city's northeastern border at Taylor Heights, south through neighborhoods including Frankford, Cedmont and Overlea, into the industrial zones of Pulaski Highway, and ending at Greektown and Hopkins Bayview.

Sitting council member Bernard C. "Jack" Young is vying in the 12th against the Green Party's Paul H. Dibos and Republican Dale Warren Hargrave. This district, just east of downtown, includes the Oliver and Greenmount West neighborhoods, areas of poverty where crime and vacant housing are issues.

In the 13th, an area that includes the burgeoning Johns Hopkins Hospital area and its future biotech park, along with struggling neighborhoods such as McElderry Park and the low-income Claremont/Freedom housing complexes, incumbent Paula Johnson Branch will face Green candidate Glenn Lowell Ross and Republican Joe DiMatteo.

2nd District

Name: Will Bauer, 30

Party: Republican

Occupation: Runs Sapori D'Italia Italian deli in Cockeysville

Education: Polytechnic Institute, some college

Public service: None

Issue: "Bring the love back to the neighborhoods. That's the most important thing - everything else will happen after that."

Web site: www.bauerforpower. com

Name: Nicholas C. D'Adamo Jr., 47

Party: Democrat

Occupation: Director of community outreach, Maryland Transit Authority Police

Education: Archbishop Curley High School

Public service: City Council; past president, Holy Name Society; past grand knight, Knights of Columbus; past board member, Sons of Italy; coached Little League baseball, basketball and soccer.

Issue: "Crime and housing. They're equal in the 2nd District."

Web site: None

Name: Lorenzo Gaztanaga, 55

Party: Libertarian

Job: Security officer

Education: Cardinal Gibbons High School, some college

Public service: Volunteer for ballot-access issue initiatives; Maryland and Baltimore City Libertarian party chairman; served on Libertarian National Committee; volunteer at Cliftmont Community Wesleyan Church.

Issue: "[People] really don't feel represented. They don't feel they're getting their tax dollar's worth whether it comes to school or things like police. They just don't feel that anybody really cares or that there's accountability."

Web site: None

12th District

Name: Bernard C. "Jack" Young, 50

Party: Democrat

Occupation: Manager of radiology department at Johns Hopkins Hospital

Education: Northern High School

Public service: City Council; past president of Thomas G. Hayes Elementary School PTO; board member of the Madison Square Buccaneers basketball program; board member of the Juvenile Justice advisory board; past member of Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems Inc.

Issue: Vacant housing. "Right now we're working with the planning department and the housing department ... to look at pockets in my district to come up with a comprehensive plan to address it."

Web site: None

Name: Paul H. Dibos, 42

Party: Green

Occupation: Architectural project manager.

Education: Gilman School; University of Maryland, College Park; graduate study at UCLA

Public service: Green Party activist

Issue: "The lack of living-wage jobs and opportunities to train for them."

Web site: www.dibos4bmore. org

Dale Warren Hargrave, the Republican candidate, did not respond to calls and e-mails from The Sun and from the League of Women Voters.

13th District

Name: Joe DiMatteo, 53

Party: Republican

Occupation: Owner of DiMatteo Optimum Coffee Service, retired from Army

Education: Polytechnic Institute; University of Baltimore.

Public service: Member of the Belair/Edison community association; led petition to bring a grocery store to his neighborhood.

Issue: Crime and youth activities. "They don't really have any place to go. There's nothing for the kids to do around here. And if they don't have something to do ... then they look for trouble."

Web site: None

Name: Paula Johnson Branch, 55

Party: Democrat

Occupation: Program manager, Department of Human Resources' Child Care Administration

Education: Eastern High School, some college.

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